This article examines how e-waste – waste from electronic and electrical equipment – poses a challenge for environmental governance. The amount of e-waste generated globally has been estimated to reach about 72 billion tons annually by 2017. This article discusses how e-waste challenges the control of illegal trade as well as the prevention of environmental harms. By focusing on the role of state, corporate and civil society actors, insights are gained into the strengths and limitations of the governance framework. These suggest the need for reflection about both practical and theoretical implications that arise for environmental governance.

Environmental governance, e‐waste, environmental crime, environmental harm,
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Erasmus School of Law

Bisschop, L.C.J. (2014). How E-waste challenges environmental governance. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(2), 82–93. doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v3i2.178